School: Snider High School
Grade or subject teaching: Grade 10 honors and academic, SAT prep course
Education: Bachelor of Science in education from IPFW
Years teaching: 18, recently retired
City born: Fort Wayne
Current hometown: I lived in Fort Wayne all my life but plan to move to Lake George in Fremont.
Family: I have a clan consisting of my kind and loving children, their spouses, girlfriend and grandchildren: Katie Rozelle (Jay), Chrissy Schoenefeld (David), Bobby Rodenbeck (Jenna), Joey Kennell (Little Katie), and six grandchildren with one on the way.
Recent book read: “The Double Bind” by Chris J. Bohjalian
Favorite teacher(s): To name my favorite teacher, I would have to list every teacher I ever had. I became a teacher because I had so many teachers who impacted my life in positives ways; however, Mrs. Robinette, my first-grade teacher made me love school and started me on my life’s dream.
Favorite class in school: I loved reading and composition.
Favorite teaching memory: Every year there is a moment or two that reinforces why I teach. This year my students were participating in a Socratic seminar discussing the theme of family in “A Long Way Gone.” Many students openly shared personal memories, some which were heartbreaking, of their own childhoods. In the end, many of us had tears on our cheeks, but I knew that we had bonded; we had established enough trust to feel safe enough to share; and we had realized the importance of connecting literature to our own lives.
Favorite extracurricular activity: At Snider I like to help with our student council, which supports our city through the Christmas Bureau, the St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen, and the cancer walk. In my personal time, I enjoy reading, and tending my flowers; but most of all, I enjoy spending time with family and friends.
What advice would you give to your students as they plan for their future? Anything is possible. Do not give up on your dream even if it takes years to come to fruition. And along the way, remember, it is the people in your life who matter most.
Recommended by: Austin Taylor
Reason for recommendation: “Mrs. Kennell has a friendly demeanor and an excellent character. She teaches meaningful real-life concepts and themes that are useful for success in life. Anybody who follows her example will grow as a person. She is an all around wonderful person. I always [looked] forward to her class. [It was] a great way to end the school day.”
• Bob Rohrman Subaru of Fort Wayne donated 150 science books to Perry Hill Elementary School as part of a larger Subaru of America Inc. initiative called Subaru Loves Learning.
• Indiana Tech will host a free event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, William Strauss: Economic Outlook for Business Leaders. It will be in the Talwar Leadership Center in the Snyder Academic Center. Strauss is a senior economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
• The Junior League of Fort Wayne will host its second Education Empowerment Series from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Parkview Mirro Center. Nationally recognized presenter Amy Speidel will speak on trauma-informed care strategies. Tickets are $45 per person and are available at www.jlfw.org/ees.
• Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne Community Schools and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership invite FWCS high school seniors and their families to attend a free FAFSA kickoff event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at FWCS’ Family and Community Engagement Center, 230 E. Douglas Ave. Experts will offer free assistance to those interested in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The event will also feature food trucks beginning at 11 a.m., music, giveaways and games. To file the FAFSA, a student and one parent or guardian must each have a federal student aid identification and are encouraged to sign up for these online at fsaid.ed.gov prior to the event. Families also must bring their 2017 tax returns. Spanish translators will be present.
• The AWS Foundation has established the AWS Foundation Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne. This scholarship will provide financial assistance for certified teachers in northeast Indiana wishing to obtain additional special education certifications. Eligibility requires applicants teach in the following counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall, Miami, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley. One recipient will be awarded $2,500 in December. Beyond this initial award, ongoing scholarship opportunities will be available. Go to www.cfgfw.org for an application or contact Jenny Snyder at [email protected] or Krista Arnold at 260-969-3307.
• Bishop Luers Principal James Huth was appointed a director on the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board at the University of Saint Francis.
• Saint Francis recently welcomed the second group of students to its Doctor of Nursing Practice Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesia program. There are 14 critical care registered nurses in the Class of 2021 who represent six states and four countries.
Students and parents who have a favorite teacher can nominate the individual for Teacher Honor Roll. Send nominations to The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802; fax 461-8893 or email [email protected]
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